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Hogan spins his way into new year with household charge figures

27 December, 2012 - by Brian Stanley TD

Sinn Fein's spokesperson on the environment, community and local government Brian Stanley TD has today accused Minister Hogan of spinning into the New Year.

Responding to Minister Hogan's claims that 70% of eligible households have paid the Household Charge, Stanley said;

“The household charge has been a disaster for this government.

“By any standard that is a defeat for the government and in particular for Minister Hogan.

“The Minister continues to spin his way from this year into the next. A significant 30% of households have not paid this unjust charge posing a serious challenge for the government as it attempts to impose their new Fianna Fail style family home tax.

“Minister Hogan has continued in his attempts to threaten and bully the public into submission. Meanwhile he has also withheld funding to local authorities based on the level of non payment.

“Sinn Féin is on record as saying the household charge is unjust and unworkable. Our words have proven to be correct.

“We remain opposed to the household charge and Sinn Féin will redouble our efforts to over turning the family home tax which follows in the new year.”


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